Small Size League/RoboCup 2011/Qualification

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Small Size League/RoboCup 2011/Qualification

This page describes the pre-registration and qualification procedures for the Small Size League for RoboCup 2011. The pre-registration and qualification procedures are similar to those in recent years.

Important Dates

  • Team Pre-Registration Deadline: January 31, 2011
  • Team Qualification Deadline: February 28, 2011
  • Team Qualification Results Announcement (by the OC): March 18, 2011
  • Team Financial Support Confirmation Deadline: April 20, 2011
  • Early Registration: March 18 - May 13, 2011
  • Regular Registration: May 14 - June 17, 2011 (No team registration accepted after June 17th)
  • Late registration: June 18, 2011
  • Team Setup: July 05 - 06, 2011
  • Competitions: July 07 - 10, 2011
  • Symposium: July 11, 2011


Submit by e-mail to the organizing committee your intent to participate in RoboCup by January 31st, 2011. The e-mail subject should be: 2011 Participation Intent (YourTeamName).

Qualification Criteria

Every team interested in to participate must complete the following actions by February 28th, 2011 (11.59 PM, GMT+1):

  • Submit a Team Description Paper (TDP).
  • Submit a Team Video.
  • Must have completed the pre-registration procedure within its deadline.

Please pay attention to the following points:

  • In past competitions, there have been teams that registered but failed to compete (turning on does not count). This behavior is unfair to the many other teams that could have competed in their place, therefore any team that registers for the competition and fails to compete will be barred from qualifying on the following competition year (unless the circumstances are exceptional). This rule is valid since RoboCup 2004 and will be enforced for RoboCup 2011.
  • Communication will be made via e-mail, using the Small Size mailing list. Pay attention to these e-mails and answer the OC's questions. A team that does not reply risks losing its qualified place.
  • We understand that new teams may struggle meeting all of the qualification criteria below. We encourage new teams to submit qualification video material demonstrating their true current capabilities, while stating in their Team Description Paper (TDP) what is expected to be completed by July 05th, 2011. However, teams not meeting minimum required criteria will be considered for inclusion only after all teams submitting compliant qualification materials.
  • Each team that has passed the qualification or in the waiting list must submit a message to the organizing committee to confirm whether the team has enough financial support to attend the competition. This message must be sent before April 20th, 2011 (11.59 PM, GMT+1). If a team in the qualified list cannot attend the competition, a team from the waiting list will be selected in the waiting order.

Submission of your Team Description Paper (TDP)

The Team Description Paper should focus on one or two main components of your developed system. We recommend you to choose topics that you feel are especially novel, important, or different from how other teams approach the problem. It is especially important to have clear and focused explanations. You can assume that the audience is familiar with general Small Size League topics and can thus devote most of the TDP to the important issues. In particular, you should explain the technical details of how your approach works so that other researchers can repeat your results. In this way, other researchers can gain from your experience, as you will gain from theirs, and together we can achieve the goals of the RoboCup Initiative.

To avoid robots out of compliance with the Small Size Rules, the following information must be included in the Team Description Paper: the height of the robot, the maximum diameter of its projection to the ground, and the maximum percentage of ball coverage (as defined in the Small Size rules).

New teams should clearly state their current robot capabilities and what is expected to be completed by July 05th, 2011.

Submission Information

  • The length of the TDP is limited to 12 pages.
  • Please use the same Springer LNAI format as the symposium submissions (see RoboCup Symposium instructions.
  • Papers should be sent as a zipped pdf or postscript file via e-mail to the organizing committee.
  • The e-mail subject should be: 2011 TDP (YourTeamName).

Submission of your Team Video

Your team video must be at least 1 minute of unedited continuous footage. The qualification video can be either of the following types, although preference will be given to item 1 (then 2 and last 3):

  1. A video of your robots participating in a RoboCup standard game (i.e. a game at RoboCup or one of the local regional competitions). The video should show obstacle avoidance, shooting and passing skill. The game should be based on contemporary rules (2009 and afterwards).
  2. A video of your robots (there must be at least two moving robots) engaging in two or more of the following activities: a) One or more robots competing against an active robot goalkeeper. b) Two or more robot field players actively going to the ball and playing against one another. c) At least two robots playing cooperatively against 5 static or moving obstacles.
  3. A video showing one or more robots partially demonstrating capabilities listed in item 2.

The team video is used by the OC to determine the readiness of a team to compete effectively and is part of the criteria in ranking teams in the qualification process. Teams are advised to submit a video that best demonstrates the readiness of the team to compete in an international competition.

Submission Information

To submit the video footage, you must send an e-mail to the RoboCup Small Size mailing list and cc: it also to the organizing committee. The e-mail should contain the following information:

  • Subject: 2011 Qualification Video (YourTeamName)
  • The URL of your video, which must be available via ftp or http.

Please pay attention to the following:

  • Please submit a single video file.
  • The video must be stored on your own server or a reliable online video hosting service (it is better to provide more than 1 link to the video).
  • Do NOT send the video as an attachment to the mailing list nor to the organization committee!

Special Requirement for Top 8 Teams from RoboCup 2010

One of the best ways to provide a good start point for the new and young teams in the Small Size leagues is Learning from the Best. To achieve this goal, the committees agree to use the submission of additional descriptive material as the procedure for selecting the seed (“The top eight teams of the previous RoboCup have always been seeded for the round robin state of the competition, i.e. the top four became the heads of the four round robin groups, the other quarter finalists have also been distributed evenly. This is done to avoid an early elimination of potentially strong teams.” Seeding) teams in the competition schedule.

  • To be ranked as seed teams, the top 8 teams from the last competition are required to submit and present an Extended Team Description Paper (ETDP), according to the following guidelines:
  • The ETDP should describe in details the aspects of the team's system which most contribute to its performance, and/or the novel solutions employed.
  • The ETDP should not include a full team description, overlapping with the TDP already submitted, but rather focus on the key aspects that allowed the team to achieve the top 8 rank.
  • To maximize the effectiveness of ETDPs, all top 8 teams are also requested to make a presentation of their ETDP at the competition event.
  • The ETDP should have at least 6 pages, and should be written in the same format as the TDP.
  • The evaluation of the ETDP is based on the Contribution to the Community criteria. This means that other teams (both new and veterans) should learn something from the contribution and be able to reproduce or use the information contained in the ETDP.
  • Because the committee needs to evaluate the quality of the ETDPs, teams are asked to submit the ETDP as soon as possible, at any time after the qualification procedure, to allow the committees enough time to evaluate and send feedback before the final decision is made.
  • The due date of the ETDP is April 1st, 2011 (11.59 PM, GMT+1)
  • Papers should be sent as a zipped pdf or postscript file via e-mail to the organizing committee.
  • The e-mail subject should be: 2011 ETDP (YourTeamName).